Fresh and Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe –
I am happy to have a guest post from my sister, Ellen from the wonderful blog: Me Gusta Mantequilla.
From Ellen: I am sad to think of all the years I slathered my armpits in overly scented Secret, Degree, and Dove anti-antiperspirants/deodorants. When I got out of college I learned a better way.
I found out how toxic store-bought deodorants and antiperspirant were during this time and began a long journey to try and cleanse from synthetic and unnatural products. Most recently, I was shocked to find out that my husband’s deodorant had ingredients like Triclosan in them, read about where these are lurking the bathroom and how to avoid them here.
The recipe below is one that I have tweaked over the last year that actually works. This recipe would be perfect, affordable, homemade gift. The ingredients are easy to source online or at your local natural grocery. Let me know if it is right for you!
Fresh and Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (I prefer Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)
1/2 cup shea butter or cocoa butter (all work well in this recipe)
1/2 cup beeswax (find it here)
1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
- 3 tbsp. food grade diatomaceous earth, (like this)
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil to preserve – you can get this easily at Trader Joe’s or here
- 20 drops of essential oils of choice – I use peppermint (8 drops) and lavender (12 drops) for mine and Valor or Tea Tree Oil for a more masculine scent for my husband. – Find quality essential oils here
- In a double boiler or a microwave, slowly melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together. Stirring frequently.
- Add the arrowroot powder first, mix well, then add the diatomaceous earth. Mix well.
- Add the vitamin E and 20 drops of the essential oils of your choice (my suggestions are in the ingredients). Mix well.
- While the mixture is still pliable, fill deodorant containers (like this) or you can use a few 4 oz. mason jars (like these) and apply the mixture with your hand. Let them rest until they are at room temperature and solid, then they are ready to apply.
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